[Review of the article:] Garcia de la Puente I. The widow princess of Minsk, in: Portraits of Medieval Eastern Europe, 900–1400. / Ed. by D. Ostrowsky and C. Raffensperger. Routledge, 2017. pp. 15-22.

V. M. Kamentseva

Abstract


In the review I. Garcia de la Puente’s article “The widow princess of Minsk” is critically considered. This article opens an ambitious project “Portraits of Medieval Eastern Europe” by D. Ostrowsky and C. Raffensperger. The author faced the difficult task of finding a fine line between academic historical non-fiction and historical fiction but due to the lack of references and the description of the sources used, the article raises many questions about the origin of the factual material. The author gives the facts and her own assumptions, which are debatable, without explaining them. Because of this structure, it is not possible to separate artistic fiction from a factual material, so the article dangerously converges with a historical fiction.


Keywords


Minsk, Gleb Vseslavich, Anastasija Minskaja, XI c., XII с., biography.

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